Exodus 19:5 – “Now therefore, if you will indeed obey My voice and keep My covenant, then you shall be a special treasure to Me above all people; for all the earth is Mine.”
Just as God had delivered the nation of Israel from their slavery in Egypt, He has delivered us from our slavery to sin, if we trust in Jesus Christ for salvation. Those who are truly saved, let me encourage you that your salvation (and gift of eternal life) comes from an eternal, loving Father, who promises to hold you firm and help you persevere to the end, which means you can NOT lose your salvation. In the meantime, you and I have a major responsibility, which is to simply obey God and His Word, and to ‘move on’ from a past life of slavery to sin (please read Romans 6). We have now entered into a life WITH God, as His children and not His enemies, so therefore we ought to willingly follow and obey what He says in His Word. Remember the children’s song which says, “Obedience is, the very best way, to show that you believe…”? Well, as a believer you will always have two options every time… will you choose to obey God or to disobey Him? Jesus himself said in Luke 11:28 – “But He said, “More than that, blessed are those who hear the word of God and keep/obey it!” Just like Jesus, let us all make the effort to choose to obey God first, even when it may cost us everything.
Dear Family and Friends,
Thank you everyone for your constant prayers and support for our family and ministry here in Argentina! We thank God for the joy and encouragement we have received from you all, as it has helped strengthen us through the many changes we have experienced these past months. Please continue to pray, not only for us and our family and ministry, but also for the spiritual work to be accomplished here in Chivilcoy, Argentina. Thank you!
Praise God for…
- His Answers to Prayer: two weeks ago, we received our ‘precaria’ document, which is a temporary residency status. Praise God for this answered prayer, which keeps us from leaving the country every 90 days!
- His Provision: it is such a blessing to now own a vehicle here in Argentina. After purchasing it about 1 month ago, we have been able to visit nearby cities, attend conferences/camps, and travel to Buenos Aires.
- His Work: praise God for the opportunity to lead and teach the college/career group at the church in Chivilcoy. Both of us are also thankful for the opportunities we have had to meet several people and talk to them about Jesus Christ in the past 2 months.
Please pray for…
- Our Ministry: for wisdom, strength, and success in our preaching ministries (Thursday nights) and discipleship/teaching ministries (Saturday nights).
- Our Health: for the health and growth of our daughter Eliana (7 months old); for physical strength and protection in our daily ministries.
- Our Future Plans: for direction in choosing a church plant location (Chacabuco or Bragado); for team members to work alongside us in planting a church (potentially 3-5 people already committed).
In the month of June, we began to establish a more concrete schedule of life and ministry here in Argentina. One of Dathan’s primary responsibilities in the Chivilcoy church is to preach in Spanish every Thursday evening at the prayer meeting. We thank God for this opportunity to not only progress in the Spanish language, but to also serve and minister to others with the Word of God! The both of us have really enjoyed leading the ‘college and career’ ministry (18-30 years old) on Saturday evenings, which has helped us connect with the people here and has given us many opportunities to teach, counsel, and encourage these young people. Apart from these church ministries, we have made many friends and have established lots of relationships here in Chivilcoy with people we pass by on the streets, those in stores and markets, and with those we practice with in our perspective volleyball and basketball leagues. It has been so exciting to see God speak through us with these individual people, who so desperately need salvation and to enter into a relationship with God. Please be praying for these people and their spiritual lives, that God would give us His words to speak as we meet with them throughout each week.
One big answer to prayer from the past two months is that after having received and organized all of our translated documents and paperwork, we made a trip to Immigrations in Buenos Aires, where we praise God that we left the office with our ‘precaria’ documents (for all three of us), which is a temporary residency status here in Argentina. Although it has been a slow, detailed process (which could easily take much longer), we are grateful to God to have completed this step in our pursuit of permanent residency in Argentina! We also are thankful for the time we spent with fellow GMSA missionaries in the city of Gualeguaychú, for a time of edification, growth in friendships, and prayer. It is always necessary for believers to develop unity and a sincere bond with one another, so that Christ would be made known and that His name would be glorified through each one of us! For us, we count it a privilege to not only serve under the King of kings, but to also serve with other believers. We are not alone in serving God, nor were we ever meant to work alone.
The month of July flew by, as it was filled with lots of exciting events and opportunities. We enjoyed the opportunity to serve here with two other young ladies, Katie and Rebecca, who had come for a two-month missions trip to help serve in the local church here in Chivilcoy. They were such a blessing to the people and such a help in various ministries, and we thank God for sending them to minister to the people here. Also, during the month of July we were able to celebrate two Independence days: July 4th (United States) and July 9th (Argentina). It has been great to take part in each country’s traditional celebrations and to learn more about the history and background of the perspective countries. Lastly, we wanted to give you all an update on our 7-month old daughter, Eliana: she is growing up so fast, she is very close to crawling, she loves playing with her toys with mommy and daddy, she is eating baby food now, she always loves being outside, she is full of energy, and has a contagious, bright smile! We love her so much, and we thank God for her health improvements and physical growth.
As always, we thank God for each one of you for your prayers and support! As a team who serves the same and only living God, we look forward to the next couple of months to see what else God will do through each part of this ministry, which includes your prayers and support. May God bless you and your families, and may He be the King of your life!
Dathan, Allison, and Eliana Marshall
The volleyball team at Club Independiente that Allison practices with.
GMSA missionaries in Argentina meeting
College and career group from Chivilcoy church
Dinner with family from church... empanadas.
Family visit to city of Bragado
Visit to Buenos Aires with Tom and Debbie (middle), and Katie and Rebecca (on right)